PVR Bulletin – August 2015

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We are very excited and honored to announce the new partnership with Big Bend Area Health Education Center, Inc. (Big Bend AHEC) located in Tallahassee, FL! As our first Gold Sponsor, they donated $30,000 to the programs and services of PROJECT: VetRelief!

Big Bend AHEC’s mission is to create and enhance community and academic partnerships to improve the health of rural and medically undeserved populations. Although AHEC covers many areas of health promotions, they have focused on serving veterans by placing emphasis on Tobacco Cessation Programs specifically targeted towards veterans and improving the health, education, and reliable resources for veterans within their surrounding communities.

As a part of their sponsorship, Big Bend will be able to facilitate free educational trainings on promoting veteran health within Posts in northern Florida.



Photo (from left to right): Anthony Jones, Big Bend AHEC Veteran Support Officer; Jennifer Cooper, PROJECT: VetRelief Creative Services Director; Albert Diaz, PROJECT: VetRelief Veteran Services Director


Anyone who attending our VetRelief Advocate training during Department Convention, don’t forget to turn in your Approval Form signed by your Commander. We will mail out your certificate of training once we receive it and you will be added to our call list to help with Emergency Assistance visits.




  • Sign up to become a VetRelief Advocate.  Our next training will be this November at Fall Conference!


Bob James, President and CEO of RL James Construction, Inc., is dedicated to supporting veterans as a PROJECT: VetRelief Board Member, through fundraising and hiring of service members. He is hosting his 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament next month on September 25 at the Windermere Country Club. All proceeds from the event will benefit PROJECT: VetRelief.

If you are interested in learning more information about the event or want to participate, visit our website or contact Jennifer Cooper for details.



Help us welcome Albert Diaz to the PROJECT: VetRelief Team as the new Veteran Services Director! Albert retired from the United States Air Force after serving his country for 20 years. He has always had a passion for serving his fellow Veterans and local community. Albert will provide crisis intervention and case management services to our service members and their families.

Jessica Solis, previous Foundation Relations Director, and Cliff Collins, previous PROJECT: VetRelief Coordinator, have both left to pursue other career opportunities. We wish the two of them well in their new adventures!


PVR Polo Picture.001Didn’t have the chance to purchase the PROJECT: VetRelief Polo at Convention?  That’s ok; we still have some available! The highly coveted gold polo is yours for just $35.  Or, pick up our exclusive PROJECT: VetRelief hat for $15PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY! 





The PROJECT: VetRelief Team visited the Keiser University Orlando chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) to give an informational presentation. For their community involvement project, they have chosen to hold a series of fundraising events, such as hot dog sales on campus, to raise funds for PROJECT: VetRelief.

In addition to their fundraising efforts, Dr. Michael Cox, Student Veterans of America Faculty Advisor, and his wife, Sheree Cox, are trained VetRelief Advocates who have an office located on campus that is available for student veterans. They will be able to assist students with their benefits earned with service and help facilitate emergency assistance claims, as needed.

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